Senior Web Designer Salary

Earnings for Senior Web Designers in the United States come in at around $67K per year on average. Total cash earnings of Senior Web Designers range from $46K on the low end to $97K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $9K and $10K, respectively. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. There are more male Senior Web Designers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 61 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,162 - $91,746
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$45K
$67K
$92K
MEDIAN: $66,689
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$20.58 - $59.18
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MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$45,162 - $91,746  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,500  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $9,744  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$45,886 - $96,689  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 797
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$20.58 - $59.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$27.18 - $63.02  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$507 - $9,744  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$45,886 - $96,689  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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Job Description for Senior Web Designer

A senior web designer is responsible for designing and implementing websites for one or more companies. Depending on the size and structure of their firm, the "senior" designation may refer to either how long they have been employed by their firm or their position relative to other designers; a senior web designer may be a leader for a team of designers as well.

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Senior Web Designer Tasks

  • Ensure creative elements are inline with brand requirements.
  • Interprets creative "look" of each promotion and builds, develops layouts of those materials assigned.
  • Conceptualize, create, develop, design and produce web promotions using graphics design software.

Common Career Paths for Senior Web Designer


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It's not very common for Senior Web Designers to move on to become Senior User Experience Designers. Average pay for a Senior User Experience Designer is $102K annually. Typical career progression for a Senior Web Designer involves becoming a Creative Director or an User Experience Designer, roles that pay $14K more and $8K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Senior Web Designer


Senior Web Designers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Flash, User Interface Design, JavaScript, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Dreamweaver, PHP, and HTML. For most people, competency in Adobe Photoshop indicates knowledge of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and HTML. The majority of those who know Web Design also know User Interface Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Web Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $62K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $68K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $74K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $84K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Senior Web Designers that is 32 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Web Designers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+24 percent), Washington (+14 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Cincinnati, which sits 19 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (9 percent lower) and San Diego (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Web Designer Salaries




National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Senior Web Designer Salaries

Flash
up arrow 11%


Design
up arrow 4%

JavaScript
up arrow 4%

Graphic Design
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

National Average
$68,000

Web Design
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Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Web Development
up arrow 2%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 4%

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Dreamweaver
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PHP
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 146 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
46%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 14%
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